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Coach Gabe Michael Memorial Basketball Endowment Fund

Coach. Leader. Father-Figure. Brother. Mentor. Friend. Role Model. Advocate. Competitor.


These titles are a sample of the labels our students, faculty, and staff use to describe our beloved head basketball coach, Gabe Michael. On November 21, Coach Gabe passed away at the age of 43, and since his passing, the SJCI community has come together to mourn the loss and celebrate his life and legacy.


Coach Gabe began coaching at St. Joe's in 2018. During those five and a half years, the Marauder community had the privilege of watching him build a winning basketball program and cultivate an authentic Lasallian culture of Brotherhood within the St. Joe's basketball community. His players love him. To them, he was more than a coach. He was a brother and a friend.


Coach Gabe's stats speak for themselves. He turned a struggling program into a perennial contender for the Manhattan Cup. Under his leadership, the Marauders won the Manhattan Cup in 2021. Amid the COVID pandemic, that win brought the St. Joe's community great joy and pride and signaled that things would be OK. 


In memory of Coach Gabe's legacy, SJCI alumni and friends have begun the Coach Gabe Michael Memorial Basketball Endowment Fund. The proceeds from this fund will provide a deserving St. Joe's student with financial assistance and program support for the basketball team. Generous contributions to this fund will honor Gabe's legacy, allowing deserving young men to be part of our transformative Lasallian community and the basketball team Coach Gabe turned into a genuine family.

"I have a picture from the 2021 Manhattan Cup post-game celebration in my office. Coach Gabe's colossal smile is clearly evident under his mask. A piece of the basketball net the team cut off the rim that day is also displayed on the shelf behind my desk. It will forever remind me of my friend and colleague, the incredible imprint he has left on my heart, and the hearts of everyone he coached, worked with, and mentored." Christopher M. Fulco, President
Make a Memorial Gift to Support the Coach Gabe Michael Memorial Basketball Endowment
Thank you, St. Joe's alumni and friends! Because of you, the fund in memory of Coach Michael has exceeded $50,000.
Donor List
Anonymous (2)
The Abu-Sitta Family
Aebly & Associates
Gordon D.H. Anderson
Bruce G. & Charmaine M. Balzer
David & Jane Barrancotta
Stuart & Gail Barzman
Kevin H. '03 & Theresa Becker
The Benedict Fund
Aaron J. '03 & Patricia S. Bennett
Mick & Amy Boyle
Michael A. & Nancy J. Brady
Melissa Brokaw
David & Annette M. Burke
Sean & Nicole Carmichael
David & Elizabeth T. Carson
Jonathan D. & Amy Cocco
James & Michelle Comerford
Katherine H. Connelly
John C. Coppola
Edward C. & Carol G. Corr
Jeffrey Danahy
David J. D'Arata
Barry B. & Ellen A. Direnfeld
Robert D. & Lynn Donner
John W. '63 & Barbara Dorn
Christopher Ellis
Cynthia Feldman
David E. Foley
Raymond & Martha M. Gates
Rebecca Gavin
Warren B. & Patricia Gelman
Neil H. & Marsha S. Gewirtzman
Richard E. & Anne D. Gioia
Robert & Sally Gioia
Robert M. & Esther Glaser
Michael & Marygrace Guarino
Michael & Theresa M. Guerrero
Richard S. & Nancy Halinda
Paul & Joanne Hennessy
William C. '88 & Patricia L. Hilbert
Douglas & Donna Horack
Mary Alice Hurley
Chris & Amanda Jones
Jay Kaine
Beth Kaminski
Jerald & Terri Katz Kasimov
Jeanne Kelsey-Downey
Christopher & Laura Kicinski
Ann J. Knechtel
Paul J. '71 & Nancy B. Kolkmeyer
Pat & Kristin Krebs
Kathleen Kreis
Garrett Layton
Oscar J. & Carmen P. Llugany
Brian Lockner & Kristen Pizzuto
Mike & MaryAnn Logue
Alfred F. Luhr III
Michael R. & Jill S. MacDonald
Ellyn Maloney
Vincent J. & Patricia A. Mancuso
Stephanie Mann
Anthony L. Jr. & Elizabeth A. Manzella
John M. Jr. & Johanna Marmion
Edward & Judy McDermid
Pat W. & Pamela M. McKinney
James E. McNicholas
Gretchen Meyers Wochensky
David & Michelle L. Michael
David, Eric & Zach Michael
Joseph & Anne S. Michael
Lawrence & Jo-Ann Michael
Michele Michael
Patricia Michael-Serio
Carl J. Montante
Melissa Moriarty
David L. & Cheryl P. Morley
Anthony & Mary Kay Muscarella
John P. Neal '90
Tom & Ellen Neroni
Joseph & Patti Palgutt
Joe Palumbo
Meredith C. Pierce
Mark R. & Sue Ann Podlas
Daniel Potenza
V. Christopher Potenza '94 & Kathleen Kinder Potenza
Barbara Pritchard
Daniel & Christine Pyne
The Remde Family
Robert Rocchio
Bobby & Tobi Rozen
Bobby, Mia, Jackson & Lachlan Ruffing
James & Patricia Schaus
Harry & Kateybeth Schneider
Jake & Katie Schneider
Charlie & Sarah Schneider
James & Cathie Schneider
The Schnitter Family
Kenneth C. Scholz
Curtis Scribner
Christine Scrivani
Gina Scrivani
Charles J. III & Anne H. Sellers
Paul & Mary Ann Smaldone
Theodore R. Sobolewski
Ralph & Lynn Sperrazza
James C. '95 & Katherine Spillman
Kevin W. '67 & Mary Elaine Spitler
Sarah A. Stoklosa
Jeff & Mary Pat Stoltman
Jon & Ellen Stoltman
Mark J. Talarico
Richard & Geri Tamulski
Christopher & Karen Vogelsang
Mary Kay Waterman
Micki Weiner
Garry & Shirley West
Arthur G., Nancy & Andrew Wingerter
WNY Certified Football Officials, Inc.
Leslie E. & Phyllis M. Wong
James W. & Arlene J. Yaksich
Updated January 4, 2024